By Alan Watts
This learn of the need of mystical faith, additionally exhibits how conventional Western doctrine might be reconciled with the intuitive faith of the Orient.
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Death, where is thy sting? Where, hell, thy victory? Christ is risen and thou art brought to nothing. Christ is risen and the devils are fallen. Christ is risen and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen and life has prevailed. Christ is risen, and the dead are delivered from the grave. For Christ, risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who sleep. To him be glory and might for ever and ever. Amen. joHN CHRYSOSTOM Paschal Homily (Office of Matins for Easter in the Byzantine Rite) By the Ascension the Body of Christ, woven of our flesh and of all earthly flesh, entered the realms of the Trinity.
It is not possible to bear its brightness nor to behold it face to face, but its power extends everywhere, and wherever it appears it attracts everything . . By means of this transmutation it gives itself to anyone who approaches it, however distantly: it restores creatures to life with its quickening warmth, it enlightens them, but in itself it remains pure and unabsorbed . . It is active, powerful, everywhere present and invisible. Neglected, it seems as if it did not exist. But as a result of the friction which is a kind of prayer it suddenly appears, leaps up and spreads all round.
It has spread over the whole face of the earth and replenished it completely. All who were thirsty have drunk of it and their thirst has been quenched, For the Most High has given them to drink. By means of the living water they live for ever. Alleluia! Odes of Solomon, 6 (Harris-Mingana, pp. 232-3 ) The Holy Spirit is inseparable from our freedom. God remains in history the beggar who waits at each person's gate with infinite patience, begging for love. His silence, with which we sometimes reproach him, only shows his consideration for us.
Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion by Alan Watts